Record Players Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains E-Waste As e-waste, record players can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. If your record player is in good condition, consider donating it. Never Throw in the Trash A record player contains hazardous material that can leach into the environment if improperly disposed of. Never throw them in the trash. Electronics Recovery and Recycling Program California established the Electronics Recycling Act of 2003 to regulate how electronics are handled at the end of their life. Find out which locally-based organizations will take back unwanted or damaged electronics. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will take back old record players (turntables) and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a buy back program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a location here. Ways to Reuse Donate to a Thrift Shop Drop off an unwanted record player at a local thrift store. Donating unwanted items extends their lifespans. Did You Know? "Turntablism" - Art Making Turntable Artists are transforming old record players into illustrators. They have reinvented “turntablism,” which is a word describing the act of using a turntable to draw revolving images.